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J. Michael McConnell asserts that congressional questioning could cost U.S. lives...
WASHINGTON -- -- The nation's top spy told Congress on Thursday that the public debate over the Bush administration's controversial warrantless wiretapping program would lead to American deaths by revealing sensitive surveillance methods to potential terrorists.
J. Michael McConnell, director of national intelligence, testified that congressional examination of laws that govern the program, known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, ran counter to established precedents. Under these, he said, "intelligence business is conducted in secret."
"It's conducted in secret for a reason," McConnell told the House Intelligence Committee. "You compromise sources and methods, and what this debate has allowed those who wish us harm to do is to understand significantly more about how we were targeting their communications."
Asked by Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Menlo Park) if he thought that congressional questioning of the administration's intelligence program would lead to the killing of Americans, McConnell said, "Yes, ma'am, I do."
Eshoo called his assessment "a stretch."
It was not the first time the Bush administration and its allies had charged that Democratic opposition to White House policies would compromise national security.
The nation's top spy told Congress on Thursday that the public debate over the Bush administration's controversial warrantless wiretapping program would lead to American deaths by revealing sensitive surveillance methods to potential terrorists.
Originally posted by dgtempe
THAT IS WHAT IS TRAGIC ABOUT THIS WHOLE THING. We as a people, have nowhere to turn, nobody who cares,
Originally posted by resistor
Excellent observations all around. I do think that today’s USA is playing the same role Germany did some 70 yrs ago now, with Bush playing the same Judas priest role that Hitler did. Germany had to be destroyed and rebuilt in order for a united Europe to exist, and the USA must be destroyed and rebuilt for a one world government to exist. I fear that an attack on Iran will be the precipitating event that will lead to the set-up take down of the USA.
Originally posted by dgtempe
THAT IS WHAT IS TRAGIC ABOUT THIS WHOLE THING. We as a people, have nowhere to turn, nobody who cares, we as a people are done for.
Originally posted by LazarusTheLong
it would NOT be a security risk to at least have proper independant secure oversight of these operations. For some reason they are not willing to even do that, without playing the "people will die" card...
facts are facts.
More americans have died due to 9-11 reprisal attacks against countries that still have not been proven complicitious in 9-11, than died on 9-11.
cutting off hands to spite face...
then if you consider that we have killed fewer than a handful of the actual terrorists that attacked us (there were only so many anyway) and still haven't found the actual ringleader...
I guess i would be coming up with excuses too...